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Antoni Pajdak^ member of the Cabinet and the Polish Socialist Party3
Deputy Lord Mayor of Cracow before the war,
Adam. Bien, member   of the   Cabinet  and  the Peasant   Party.
Stanislaw Jasiukovicz^ member of the Cabinet and the Polish National
Democratic Party.,
Kazimierz Puzak, Chairman of the Council of National Unity (Under-
ground Parliament). From 1921 onwards^ he had been the Secretary of the
Polish Socialist Party and M.P. During the reign of the Tsar, in 1910, he
was sentenced to death, but this was changed to a sentence of eight years'
imprisonment in the Schluselburg fortress, from where he was released by
the revolution of 1917. Puzak was one of the most important creators of
the Polish Underground.
Kazimierz Eaginski, M.P0 one of the chief leaders of the Peasant Party
and its Secretary from 1932.
Stanislaw Mierzwa, a member of the Executive Committee of the Peasant
Josef Chacinski, M.P., Chairman of the Christian Democratic Club in
Parliament and Secretary of the Christian Trade Unions.
Urbanski, M.P., Chairman of the Christian Trade Union from 1921.
Zygmunt Stypulkowski, M.P0 barrister and representative of the National
Democratic Party.
Kazimierz Kobylanski, National Democratic Party, and journalist.
Piotr Czernik and Michalowski, both members of the Democratic Party.
Leopold Okulicki, Brigadier-General and Commander of the disbanded
Home Army. After the siege of Warsaw in September, 1939, he remained
in Poland and in January, 1941, as the Commandant of a district, he was
arrested by the Soviet authorities and deported to Russia. After the Russo-
Polish Treaty of 1941, he was appointed Chief-of-Staff of General Anders'
Army. In May, 1944, he was dropped by parachute into Poland and fought
in Warsaw as General Bor's Chief-of-Staff.
The British and American Governments, informed by the Polish
Government of these arrests., reacted strongly,, pointing out that some
of these men had been earmarked by the Western Powers as members of
the future broadened Polish Government,, but the Kremlin ignored all
requests for information. On May 2> the British Minister of State>
Richard K. Law., informed the Commons that the Foreign Secretary had
still been unable to extract from Molotov cc any hint of the fate of the
fourteen Polish leaders."
In the meantime., as the British Press observed with disappointment^
cc approaches have been made by Russia to representative Poles, both in
London and Poland for their assistance. This had not been with the
official knowledge of either Britain or America.5' However^ the c ap-
proaches 5 towards the arrested leaders did not seem to have given the
desired result,, and under the barrage of World Press> Molotov, six weeks
later on May 5, casually disclosed to Eden and Stettinius at the Conference
in San Francisco that these men had been arrested on the charge of
" diversionist activities against the Red Army." Molotov3 with particular
emphasis^ stressed the arrest of General Okulicki. London and Washing-
ton indignantly issued strongly worded statements :
" Mr. Eden and Mr. Stettinius/' ran the British Statement, " immedi-